The title of this post relates to the first article I have posted for the online magazine Suite 101. I wanted to post a reference to the article in this blog more as a reminder to us all of what kind of people we really need to take lead roles in the workplace. The article itself has nothing to do with workplace bullying, yet it does. The people who follow the advice I offer in this article are the people that abhor workplace bullying and believe strongly in a healthy workplace.
One thing that people do not seem to understand is that we who have joined in the fight against workplace bullying do not have anything against hard work and being held accountable for work performed. If a person performs substandard work, of course they need to be coached and/or disciplined for that issue. We are not “anti-discipline”; we are anti-bullying. Discipline needs to be warranted and reasonable. Discipline needs to be meted out against those that do not meet reasonable expectations. A serious issue of workplace toxicity exists when the punishment doesn’t fit the crime or when workplace expectations are unreasonable. That’s what the fight against workplace bullying is all about!
My article at Suite 101 revolves around this premise: managers do things right, while leaders do the right thing. I will leave the rest of the article for you to read if you so wish. You can find that article here.